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TNB hopes to inspire young writers through weekly writing prompts

theaquinian.net – Monday February 28, 2022

Theatre New Brunswick began posting weekly writing prompts on their social media pages on Feb. 14 to entice and inspire young and old writers alike.

Jena Elizabeth McLean, an artist-in-residence at TNB, is the one in charge of the weekly writing prompts which included phrases such as “today is the best day” and “into the impossible.”

“[It’s important to give] a writer time to explore an idea in an unstructured, low-stakes way that keeps their writing muscle active,” she said.

McLean said the idea originated from workshops TNB puts on for young creatives.

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Best Australian Yarn: The world’s richest short story competition now open

perthnow.com.au – Sunday February 27, 2022

WA is now home to the world’s richest prize for professional and amateur short story writers, as The West Australian launches an ambitious new competition with a prize pool of $50,000 thanks to help from the Minderoo Foundation.

The Best Australian Yarn gives writers, both professional and aspiring, the opportunity to win a $30,000 major prize and $20,000 in other awards — a financial incentive rarely seen in short story competitions.

The contest, being launched today at Perth Festival’s Writers Weekend, is designed to showcase the value of storytelling and participating in the arts.

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Deadline looming for entries to Neil Gunn Writing Competition

northern-times.co.uk – Tuesday February 22, 2022

The deadline is looming for entries to the 2021-2022 Neil Gunn Writing Competition.

The competition, which is being run by High Life Highland in conjunction with the Neil Gunn Trust, opened in September and closes on Friday, March 4.

Entries are invited from adult writers worldwide in two sections - adult poetry and adult short story. There is an entry fee of £8.

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Veritas Said to Bid to Take Publisher Houghton Mifflin Private

bloomberg.com – Monday February 21, 2022

Veritas Capital is bidding to take private Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Co., the publisher of education materials and research, according to people familiar with the matter.

Veritas could merge Houghton Mifflin with its portfolio company Cambium Learning Group, said one of the people, both of whom asked to not be identified because the matter isn’t public. A final decision hasn’t been made and other bidders may emerge for the Boston-based company, they said.

Representatives for Houghton Mifflin and Veritas declined to comment. 

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